A two-year-old beagle has died after he was savagely torn to pieces by two dogs as he was taken out for a walk in the park.
Chester the two-year-old beagle had ‘chunks missing from his body’ after he was set upon by the dogs which appear to be Mastiff Argentinos or pitbulls – breeds banned in the UK. Police say it remains unclear what type of dogs they are, and experts are carrying out tests to determine their breed.
Janet Payne, Chester’s dog walker, said she was forced to watch him being thrown around ‘like a rag doll’ and claims when she asked the dogs’ owner for help, he replied: ‘Why the f*** wasn’t your dog on a lead?’
Peter Moran, the first person on the scene, said ‘never in his life had he seen utter barbaric scenes.’
Disturbing video of the attack shows blood pouring from the dog’ mouths as they savage the defenceless pet near St Patrick’s High School in Winton.
There is now an appeal to find the owner of the dogs that killed Chester
In the clip, their owner can be seen trying to unlock the animal’s jaws before walking away.
Images of the man seen with the two dogs have now been circulated on Facebook.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the two dogs have now been seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991).
Police said the owner has not yet been arrested, as the investigation is ongoing.
Chester, a gift from Jennifer Thornley to her husband Gary for their wedding two years ago, had been let off the lead to enjoy a run-around with his dog walker when he was brutally set upon.
Jennifer, 29, a hospital doctor, said: ‘He was the most beautiful boy.
‘He was our best friend, we absolutely love him. He was so friendly, so trusting.